FROM THE EDITOR

The Tribune (NZ) - - WELCOME ALONG -

Man, what a jolt. Mon­day night’s ‘bump in the night’ could al­most have been cus­tom or­dered by the Earth­quake Com­mis­sion to make sure we are pay­ing at­ten­tion.

Sched­uled for 9.15am, Thurs­day morn­ing sees the na­tion­wide ‘Drop Cover & Hold’’ Shake Out Ex­er­cise.

Mon­day’s timely re­minder that these are in­deed the ‘‘Shakey Isles’’, should pro­vide us with ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion to have a con­ver­sa­tion with our­selves, our loved ones, our neigh­bours and our work­mates about what to do when an earth­quake strikes. And about af­ter­wards. Af­ter­wards ac­tu­ally means be­fore. Af­ter­wards means hav­ing prepa­ra­tions in place for any fam­ily med­i­cal needs, for chil­dren who may not be home, for pets, and of course for emer­gency sup­plies of food and wa­ter.

Visit get­thru.govt.nz, shake­out.govt.nz/ or con­tact the City Coun­cil Civil De­fence emer­gency man­age­ment of­fice (356 8199), and also find out where your neigh­bour­hood Civil De­fence Wel­fare Cen­tres are lo­cated. - Richard

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